Making a decision to change something in your life, or to confront a problem, takes courage. And having trusted guidance along the way can make a big difference. Choosing a therapist for yourself, your family, or a child can be a bit nerve-wracking. You want to be sure that the person you choose is qualified, experienced, and effective. Equally important for most people is determining that the professional you choose will help you to feel comfortable and understood, and explain the process of therapy clearly and in a way that truly addresses your questions and needs.
I invite you to learn about my experience, specialties, and approach here on this site, and then I invite you to call me. An initial in-person consultation can give you a feel for working with me and help you know if I will be a good fit for your needs and goals. I work with adults, adolescents and children; couples and families, parents and organizations. I have worked in the mental health field since 1987 and been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2000.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Therapy must be a mutual collaboration, a two-way street, for positive change to take place. This means that you can expect me to be very active with you in our conversations -- asking questions, reflecting and deepening important themes, guiding the direction of the conversation, and sharing feedback and suggestions. (Occasional homework can also help to move our work forward). This means that your role is an active one, too. Articulating your goals for therapy, thinking about the things we talk about, taking actions we discuss, and being willing to share your experience in therapy are critical ingredients to a successful outcome. My highest priority is to create a working relationship with you that feels warm, comfortable, honest, and trusting, since I think you (or your child) are best able to take the risks necessary for real growth when you feel you have that safety net to support you.